Long days, warm nights, and school days coming to an end — it must be June! There are tons of fantastic family-friendly events happening all over Metro Vancouver this month. You can take your teddy to a picnic, enjoy Greek food and culture, or see behind the scenes at Open Door Surrey. June is also the start of festival season, so you and your kiddos can have fun at Car Free Days, Italian Day, the Scottish Festival, Philippine Day Festival, and the National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration. There are plays and concerts and all sorts of awesome exhibits to see. Take a look at our round-up and start planning some memorable family fun. If you like learning about great family-friendly activities happening in Metro Vancouver, make sure you sign up to receive our weekly emails.
Festivals, Fairs & Celebrations
Surrey Greek Food Festival in 2018
June 8th – 17th, Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Community Church of Surrey, 9635 132 St, Surrey
Come and experience folk dancing representing various regions of Greece, and performances from around the world. Hosted by Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, the Surrey Greek Food Festival invites guests of all ages to celebrate Greek culture and experience Greek Food. There will be Live Entertainment and a Kids Zone Booth on Saturdays & Sundays from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.
Philippine Days Festival
June 9th & 10th, Waterfront Park, North Vancouver
Join in on the official Filipino Canadian celebration of Philippine Arts and Cultural Heritage in BC! This celebration highlights the unique Filipino tradition of a “Barrio Fiesta” atmosphere, set with an array of Filipino cuisine, song and dance stage performances, field parade demonstrations, and a showcase of various products and businesses in the more than 75 Food & Merchandise booths situated all around the park.
Surrey Doors Open
Saturday, June 9th, 11 am – 4 pm, various locations in Surrey
Surrey Doors Open is a one-day event for organizations to invite community members to “discover the story behind every door”. This free event offers fun activities for all ages, behind-the-scenes guided tours, entertainment, fun contests, prizes and more! Almost 5,000 visitors attended last year. There are 17 new venues featured in Doors Open this year, in addition to 13 returning venues. Come by at 11 am to join mayor and council in the official opening of the new South Surrey Operation Centre. You can also stop by the world-class Biofuel Facility -the first of its kind in North America. This is the first time it has ever been open to the public! Visit the event website for all the venue locations.
Teddy Bear Picnic, Parade & Concert
June 9th & 10th, Town Centre, Coquitlam
Picnic time for teddy bears! This annual parade, picnic, and concert are fun for the whole family. On Saturday, enjoy a fun evening of music for kids of all ages. Then, head back on Sunday morning for the Grande Parade. Stick around for the picnic, featuring storytelling, puppet shows, rovers, gymnastics and more. Don’t forget to bring your teddy bear!
Italian Day on The Drive
Sunday, June 10th, 12 pm – 8 pm, Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Italian Day on The Drive is a vibrant cultural street festival celebrating Italian culture, heritage and community with over 120 street participants, comprised of partners, merchants, vendors and community organizations – and an estimated 200,000+ attendees of all ages and cultures. Commercial Drive (The Drive), home to Little Italy, is the designated location for the annual festival where the street is transformed into a lively 14-block fiesta. Since Italian Day’s return in 2010, the event today represents the largest one-day cultural street festival in Vancouver – and perhaps in Canada. A festive community embrace, The Drive comes alive in green, white and red with piazza-style animated zones, live music, food, patios, fashion, retail vendors, vehicles, activities, children’s zones and more.
2018 Sapperton Day Street Festival
June 10th – 11th, 11 am – 5 pm, 400 Block East Columbia Street, New Westminster
The 2018 Sapperton Day Street Festival is a non-profit community event put together by the Sapperton Business Association with some help from its community partners and sponsors. Join in to celebrate the beginning of summer. There will be bouncy castles, clowns, jugglers, games, live performances, mini-donuts, pancake breakfast, rock climbing wall, vendors and much, much, more! Proceeds raised from this event will be donated to the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation.
BC Highland Games and Scottish Festival
June 16th, 7 am – 7 pm, Percy Perry Stadium, Coquitlam
On Saturday, June 16th, take the Evergreen Line to the Lafarge Lake station, a short walk to Coquitlam’s Percy Perry Stadium. There you’ll find everything from Caber tossing, singing, dancing, bagpiping, and Scottish kilts, to Celtic and Bhangra music, a great beer garden, kids activities and a new and revised “Cultural Corner” featuring mobile entertainers, demonstrations, hands-on activities and more. Who knows – you may even learn a bit of the Gaelic!
West End Car Free Day Festival
Saturday, June 16th, 12 pm – 7 pm, Denman from Davie to Robson, Vancouver
The West End Car Free Day event, also known as Denman Street Car Free Day is massive, entertaining, and packed with pedestrians having fun. There are music stages and jam sessions to listen to, art being exhibited and created live on the street, and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat or something to drink.
Main Street Car Free Day Festival
Sunday, June 17th, 12 pm – 7 pm, Main Street from Broadway to 30th, Vancouver
The biggest of Vancouver’s Car Free Day festivals spanning 21 blocks, Main Street has 15 stages and mini-festivals along the entire street. This is a fun, family-friendly event with kid-zones, skateboarders, funky artisan shops and popular food vendors. You can really taste the flavour of Main Street with extended patios from many restaurants.
National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration
Saturday, June 23rd, 1 pm – 4 pm, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, 12138 Fourth Avenue, Richmond
Join us for a National Indigenous Peoples Day celebration presented by Pathways Aboriginal Centre and the Gulf of Georgia Cannery Society on Saturday, June 23rd from 1 pm to 4 pm. This free, outdoor event will include performances, story-telling, workshops, demos and activities for all ages, and a Bannock Bake-Off.
Point Grey Fiesta
Saturday, June 23rd, Trimble Park, 2250 Trimble St, Vancouver
The Point Grey Fiesta is the community’s annual start-of-summer event for families and friends. Starting with a Saturday parade on West 10th avenue, the Saturday celebration continues in Trimble Park with stage performances, activities and exhibitors. Carnival rides in Trimble Park operate from Friday to Sunday. With the exception of the carnival rides and midway games, Fiesta entertainment and children’s activities are free of charge.
North Delta Family Day 2018
Sunday, June 24th, 11 am – 4 pm, North Delta Community Park, 11311 84th Avenue, Delta
It’s time for a fun family day in North Delta! Enjoy a parade full of cars, floats, bands, and mascots. Then head to the North Delta Community Park for the festival – enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers, BBQ salmon and chicken, face-painting, live entertainment, and amusement rides.
Golden Spike Days Festival
Friday, June 29th – Monday, July 2nd, Rocky Point Park, 2800 Murray Street, Port Moody
The Golden Spike Days Festival is one of the oldest and longest running family events in BC. The festival is held at Rocky Point Park attracting upwards of 40,000 people of all walks of life with live entertainment, special events, and activities for all ages. This event commemorates the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway line and its arrival at the original western terminus in Port Moody where the LAST SPIKE was driven. Golden Spike Days is a great community festival for the entire family! Fun activities abound with live entertainment, amazing food, arts and crafts, interactive activities, youth talent competition and a variety of craft beer vendors.
Plays, Shows & Concerts
June 5th – 17th, The Bee Stage, 1411 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
A world premiere by award-winning Vancouver playwright Meghan Gardiner, this interactive play explores colour, shapes and friendships. Creating gentle, interactive shows for the very young, the CTYP Bee Stage introduces the littlest theatre-goers to storytelling and music in an intimate drama experience that allows them and their caregivers to enjoy theatre on their own terms.
Bard on the Beach
June 6th – September 22nd, 1695 Whyte Avenue, Vanier Park, Vancouver
The BMO Mainstage will host a joyous new production of As You Like It, set in Vancouver and filled with Beatles music; it will alternate with a powerhouse classic production of Shakespeare’s epic drama Macbeth. On the Howard Family Stage in the Douglas Campbell Theatre there are two innovative new productions: Shakespeare’s Timon of Athens, redefined with a female-dominated cast, and a Bard-commissioned new adaptation of the Greek classic Lysistrata, transposing its ancient, bawdy story to our time.
June 15th, 11 am – 11:45 am, Trout Lake Community Centre, 3360 Victoria Drive, Vancouver
Ginalina’s sincere and effusive personality plus her passion for sharing her life and music will captivate all! Ginalina is a Juno-nominated, Parent’s Choice Gold and Western Canadian Music Award-winner. The bilingual children’s singer-songwriter has a big heart for making awesome music that brings out the best in kids.
Science World: The Science Of Pixar
May 19th, 2018 – January 6th, 2019, Science World, 1455 Quebec Street, Vancouver
Take a peek into the Pixar process, and explore the science and technology behind some of your most beloved animated films and their characters with The Science Behind Pixar, presented locally by White Spot restaurants. This interactive exhibition showcases the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts used by the artists and computer scientists who help bring Pixar’s award-winning films to the big screen. With more than 40 interactive elements, the exhibition’s eight sections each focus on a step in the filmmaking process to give you an insider’s look at the production pipeline and concepts used at Pixar every day. Participate in fun, engaging hands-on activities, listen to firsthand accounts from members of the studios’ production teams and come face-to-face with re-creations of your favorite Pixar film characters, including Buzz Lightyear, Dory, Mike and Sulley, Edna Mode, and WALL·E!
Vancouver Aquarium: Douglas Copeland’s Vortex
On now for a limited time, Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way, Vancouver
Experience acclaimed west coast artist Douglas Coupland’s Vortex – a new radical art installation. Step into Vortex, take an imaginative journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and immerse yourself in the ocean plastic pollution crisis. Coupland’s exhibit will make you think about plastic – a seductive yet sinister material – in a relevant, contemplative, and transformative way. Vortex is a must-see exhibit on for a limited time only.
Vancouver Maritime Museum: The Lost Fleet
Extended to June 17th, 2018, Vancouver Maritime Museum, 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver
This unique exhibition will showcase a series of photographs as well as several models of Japanese-Canadian-built fishing vessels in its collection, made by the late model shipbuilder, Doug Allen. The beautifully crafted models replicate some of the fishing boats seized during the war that have since been lost to history. Visitors will see replicas of the registry created in order to redistribute the seized boats. The display will also include shell fragment from Estevan Point lighthouse. In June 1942, a Japanese Imperial submarine fired shells at the lighthouse, just shortly after it had attacked a US merchant vessel in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This artifact highlights the little-known fact that enemy fire did land on Canadian soil during WWII, and adds a level of reality to the threat that was feared by many in BC.
We hope this big giant list has inspired you and your family to get out and enjoy everything Metro Vancouver has to offer in June! Don’t forget to check out outdoor pools, water spray parks, and some of our favourite beach spots for families! For more great family fun make sure to join our mailing list to receive weekly Metro Vancouver events right in your inbox.
By: Michelle Hughes